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Tinos

This small island with its multitude of churches and dovecotes is very attractive, and is a major pilgrim destination. Pilgrims come here to the Church of Annunciation . With many fine beaches and restaurants, the island is welcoming for the traveller.

Hora ( Tinos ) is the main port and capital of the island. Hora is a busy town with hotels and cafes catering for both tourist and pilgrims. The shops in the narrow streets behind the waterfront sell a wide range of religious items for the pilgrims.

The Church of the Annunciation situated on the main street that leads from the ferry terminal, this church built in the 1830s in the Neo-Classical style is impressive. Along the edge of road leading to the church, is a rubber causeway set in to the asphalt. This is for the pilgrims who crawl towards the church on their hands and knees, pushing a lighted candle before them. In 1822, a nun called Sister Pelagia had a vision from the Virgin Mary. On the nuns directions excavations revealed the icon of Annunciation of Archangel Gabriel. The icon was undamaged despite being in the ground for about 850 years, the icon also called the Megalochari (Great Joy). The icon reputed to have healing powers, and pilgrims come from all over Greece to pray in the church. In the church, the icon covered with gold, silver and jewels given by pilgrims whose prayers have been answered, that it is hard to see the painting. In the church precincts are museums displaying religious artefacts.

Kionia north of the town is the ancient site of the Sanctuary of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Moni Kechrovouniou is one of the largest convents in Greece , here you can see the cell where Sister Pelagia had her vision, and the chest where her embalmed head is stored.

Exompourgko this great rock that is 640m high was the site of the ancient city of Tinos , and later the Ventian fortress now in ruins. In the area are several unspoiled villages, the walled village of Volax is noted for its basket weaving, and it makes a ideal stop for refreshments during the exploration of the island.

Pyrgos to the north of the island is famous for its sculpture school, where they carve the green marble the area is renowned for, in the village there are a couple of museums.

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